IoD Hertfordshire Christmas lunch with guest speaker Gerald Ratner

On the 6th December IoD Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire met for our second Christmas Lunch at Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, in the beautifully decorated Fowden Hall, in aid of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

On the back of the success of our first Christmas lunch, last year, where we heard from the very entertaining and charismatic Feargal Sharkey, we were, this year, delighted to be hearing from Gerald Ratner.  Guests were also treated to a 3 course banquet lunch cooked by Rothamsted’s amazing catering team.

Gerald spoke with great candour and humour about his past mistakes, how at the lowest point he was in debt by approx. £1 billion and didn’t see the point of getting out of bed in the morning.  Then out of sheer determination and a bit of good luck he managed to claw his way back up again.  A great story of resilience and due to Gerald’s sense of humour a very entertaining one too!

After lunch a raffle was held, with all proceeds going to the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust and £300 was raised to benefit the vital work they carry out.

Our thanks go to all of our guests, our hosts Rothamsted Conference Centre and our sponsor for the event Moore Kingston Smith LLP.

For more information on events like these please visit our East of England events page

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